Certified in Management

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Certified in Management (CIM) is a professional designation very well regarded in the business community, with designation holders in every province across Canada. The designation is awarded by Canada’s senior management association, the Canadian Institute of Management (CIM), an organization that for over 60 years has been advancing careers and contributing to the field of management knowledge, enhancing managerial skills, and promoting excellence within the profession. 

The Faculty of Extension offers the eight courses required to fulfill the academic requirements of the CIM designation. Since all of the CIM courses are components of Extension’s Management Development Certificate program, students who complete the eight CIM courses are able to obtain a credential from the University of Alberta at the same time as they work toward their professional designation.

Program at a Glance

Program structure

All 8 courses required for your CIM.

Location & Format

Classes held in downtown Edmonton.


2-3 years of part-time study.


This program will be of benefit to individuals in supervisory or management positions who are interested in earning the CIM designation and wish to upgrade or sharpen their managerial abilities. Prospective or aspiring managers ready to take the next step in their careers will also find in this program an excellent starting point to build the skills they’ll need in order to move ahead.

Program Plan

The CIM program is comprised of eight courses that must be successfully completed so you can apply for the designation. As a university affiliated with the Canadian Institute of Management, UAlberta offers all courses needed to fulfill the designation’s educational requirements. 

CIM course titles are not exact matches for university course titles. The chart below lists course titles as they appear on the Canadian Institute of Management website (left hand column), followed by the corresponding UAlberta course titles as they relate to CIM requirements (right hand column). 

The CIM designation also carries an experience requirement. Candidates, however, may apply for an exemption of the experience requirement directly to the Canadian Institute of Management.

CIM membership as a “general member” is recommended before beginning the program. If you apply for CIM membership prior to beginning the program, you will have all transfer credit fees waived when applying for your CIM designation.


Core courses – complete all 6
CIM course: Our equivalent:
Introduction to Management Introduction to Management (EXMGT 5577)
Canadian Business Law Commercial Law (EXMGT 5566)
Managerial Communications Interpersonal Communications in Business (EXMGT 5576)
Managerial Accounting Financial Management and Budgeting (EXMGT 5515)
Financial Management Business Finance (EXMGT 5562)
Strategic Analysis Strategic Management (EXMGT 5682)
Elective courses – select two
CIM course: Our equivalent:
Managerial Marketing Marketing (EXMGT 5584)
Human Resource Management  Human Resource Foundations (EXMGT 5596)
Organizational Behaviour Organizational Behaviour (EXMGT 5587)
Project Management Project Planning & Management (EXMGT 5616)
Economics Introduction to Managerial Economics (EXMGT 5578)

Qualifications & Admission

Students seeking strictly a CIM designation are not required to apply for admission to the University of Alberta—only to register for each course on an individual basis. 

If you’re interested in earning a UAlberta credential while you work toward your CIM designation, you may enrol in the Management Development Certificate program as you start your studies or, if you prefer, after you have taken one or more courses. 

We are open to students with a variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Our expectation is that you have a commitment to learn and achieve your continuing education goals.

Courses are currently open for enrolment—register now!

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you register for your classes; courses are GST-exempt.
  • Courses require a textbook at an additional cost.

Courses Offered

Take courses individually for professional development or complete them all to earn the CIM designation.

Register online or by phone at 780-492-3116 (toll-free 1-800-808-4784). You may also register by mail, fax, or in person.

Classes are held at Enterprise Square, downtown Edmonton, Alberta.

Course schedules are also available in printer-friendly PDF format.

Core courses

    Elective courses


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